Our Team

Our pastoral team casts and leads the vision for every area of our church. They work with our staff and leaders to equip and empower J-Team leaders to carry out our mission and vision throughout Journey City.

Mark Johnston is the founder and lead pastor of The Journey. He and his wife Susie have two kids, Madeline and Conner. Fueled by a passion to reach unchurched people, Mark and Susie began The Journey in 2007, creating an engaging community of faith where people can experience the life-giving message of Jesus. In addition to his role at The Journey, Mark partners with the Association of Related Churches to coach pastors and leaders nationwide, providing insight on church growth, organizational structure, and leadership.


Outside of pouring his passion into ministry, Mark likes to ski, drive, play golf, and enjoys exploring new places with his family. Also, he once climbed a mountain. (If you get a chance, ask him about that – he’s always happy to describe it.)

Mark Johnston
Lead Pastor
Dave Jackson
Gathering Pastor
Abby Ecker
Next Steps Pastor
Brad Dreibelbis
NextGen & Newark Location Pastor
Daryl Smith
Hockessin Location Pastor
Steve Miller
Code Red Pastor
Andrea Beemler
Kids Pastor
James Copeland
Middletown Location Pastor